Plans for New Sets & Costumes Announced for 60th Anniversary of The Nutcracker

November 8, 2019
DENVER, CO (November 8, 2019) – Today Colorado Ballet kicks-off a campaign to raise funds to support the creation of new sets and costumes for its production of The Nutcracker, which audiences will see for the first time during the company’s 60th anniversary production of The Nutcracker in 2020.

As one of Colorado’s favorite holiday traditions for 59 years, Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker has touched the lives of countless individuals all across the state and continues as a beloved holiday tradition for families throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. More than 60,000 audience members are treated to an average of 27 performances of The Nutcracker annually.

This production is one of the most attended holiday performing arts events in Denver and draws audiences from around the country. It is a timeless classic that captures the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike. This season’s performances, November 30 – December 29, 2019, will be the final opportunity for fans to see the current sets and costumes that have delighted audiences for over three decades.

Colorado Ballet acquired its current Nutcracker sets and costumes in 2005 from the San Francisco Ballet, who created the production in 1986. When Colorado Ballet moved into the renovated Ellie Caulkins Opera House, a larger production was needed to fill-out the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Stage. These beloved sets and costumes have served the company well season after season, but they are now 33 years old and have reached the end of their useful life.

“We are excited to create Colorado’s very own sets and costumes for the company’s Nutcracker production,” states Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “The choreography will remain unchanged, and the style will remain classic Victorian. We have been fortunate to present this spectacular production through the support of donors and patrons for many seasons, and in 2016 our Nutcracker won Goldstar’s most-loved Nutcracker production in the nation. I can’t express how important it is that we keep the magic alive for future generations.”

As a non-profit organization, Colorado Ballet relies on support and gifts from the community to sustain the tradition of bringing you the best performance of The Nutcracker each season. We invite the community to join us to continue making this production special for decades to come.

You can play a role in Colorado Ballet’s creation of Colorado’s very own The Nutcracker—featuring Colorado Ballet’s beloved choreography, along with brand new sets and costumes! Go Fund The Magic!

Colorado Ballet is currently working with renowned designers to create these new sets and costumes, which will become an integral part of Denver’s holiday traditions for decades to come. It’s crucial that Colorado Ballet continues to present this beloved production by ensuring the sets and costumes remain top quality and highlight all of the audience’s favorite things that make experiencing The Nutcracker special.

MEDIA EVENT – Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00AM | Limited 20 spots available
Go behind the scenes of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 5 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Before The Nutcracker Student Matinee performance, experience a backstage tour, meet Colorado Ballet’s Artistic Director Gil Boggs, participate in a Q&A with dancers and staff, and hear about the company’s plans for the new sets and costumes. Then, be dazzled and delighted by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in a full performance of The Nutcracker. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to at your earliest convenience. Limited to 20 spots for this exclusive media event.

Sat, Nov. 30 – 1:00pm – SOLD OUT
Sat, Nov. 30 – 6:30pm
Sun, Dec. 1 – 1:00pm – SOLD OUT
Sun, Dec. 1 – 6:30pm
Sat, Dec. 7 – 1:00pm – SOLD OUT
Sun, Dec. 8 – 1:00pm – SOLD OUT
Sun, Dec. 8 – 6:30pm
Thu, Dec. 12 – 7:30pm
Fri, Dec. 13 – 7:30pm
Sat, Dec. 14 – 1:00pm
Sat, Dec. 14 – 6:30pm – SOLD OUT
Sun, Dec. 15 – 1:00pm*
Sun, Dec. 15 – 6:30pm
Thu, Dec. 19 – 7:30pm
Fri, Dec. 20 – 7:30pm
Sat, Dec. 21 – 1:00pm
Sat, Dec. 21 – 6:30pm
Sun, Dec. 22 – 1:00pm
Sun, Dec. 22 – 6:30pm
Mon, Dec. 23 – 1:00pm
Mon, Dec. 23 – 6:30pm
Tue, Dec. 24 – 1:00pm
Fri, Dec. 27 – 6:30pm
Sat, Dec. 28 – 1:00pm
Sat, Dec. 28 – 6:30pm
Sun, Dec. 29 – 1:00pm
(*) Audio Described Performance

Tickets range from $40 to $165. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.

To continue to reduce the number of ticket resellers, please purchase directly through Colorado Ballet via the website or phone number listed above. Tickets purchased through resellers may not be valid.

Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker is presented by Occidental. Colorado Ballet receives support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Additional supporting sponsors for this production include Colorado Ballet Auxiliary and the Colorado Athletic Club.

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Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 59 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 21 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically-acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programming serves under-resourced students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners, reaching more than 35,000 contacts in 300 schools and organizations annually. For more information please visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG.